News articles about Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Yum China earned a news sentiment score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the company an impact score of 45.5331549777962 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.
Shares of Yum China stock opened at $37.14 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $14.67 billion, a PE ratio of 26.15, a PEG ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 1.23. Yum China has a twelve month low of $33.56 and a twelve month high of $48.75. The company has a quick ratio of 1.52, a current ratio of 1.74 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.01.
Yum China (NYSE:YUMC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 1st. The company reported $0.53 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.48 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $2.22 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.43 billion. Yum China had a return on equity of 20.59% and a net margin of 6.39%. The firm’s revenue was up 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.44 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that Yum China will post 1.6 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, June 20th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 30th were given a $0.10 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Tuesday, May 29th. This represents a $0.40 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.08%. Yum China’s dividend payout ratio is currently 28.17%.
A number of research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Yum China from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, May 5th. Morgan Stanley cut their price objective on Yum China from $49.00 to $48.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Yum China currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $47.35.
In related news, insider Aiken Yuen sold 1,805 shares of Yum China stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $38.96, for a total value of $70,322.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 2,337 shares in the company, valued at $91,049.52. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Joey Wat purchased 24,400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 7th. The stock was bought at an average price of $40.97 per share, with a total value of $999,668.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 21,991 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $900,971.27. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Company insiders own 0.37% of the company’s stock.
About Yum China
Yum China Holdings, Inc engages in the management of restaurants and fast food chains. It operates through the following segments: Kentucky Fried Chicken (“”KFC””), Pizza Hut Casual Dining, and All Other Segments. The KFC segment owns and operates KFC stores. The Pizza Hut Casual Dining segment offerspizzas, entrees, pasta, rice dishes, appetizers, beverages, and desserts under the Pizza Hut brand.
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